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Massage Test Preparation

Test Prep Resource For Massage School & The MBLEx Exam

This page is a resource (scroll down for the *IMPORTANT* info) you will not want to do without! Here you will find invaluable links to sites that I am sure you will find are a great asset to you, before you begin Massage School, during Massage School, as well as afterwards, if you are required to take the national test, the MBLEx Exam. Even if you are in a state like New Jersey, which does not require the MBLEx, this resource can help you get better grades while in Massage School. And, as discussed elsewhere on this site, with such growth in the field, there are a lot of new Massage Therapists, and setting yourself apart from the pack with good grades is a good step toward a successful career.

The key to better grades in Massage School is studying. There is a lot of material; don't think this is so easy. A Massage Therapist is now considered part of the Health Care Team, which includes physicians, nurses, chiropractors, EMTs, hospital workers, caregivers, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, nutritionists, and others. As Massage Therapists find their way into the clinical setting, hospitals respond by requiring a well-rounded, yet comprehensive education.

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is the organization that adminsiters the MBLEx exam. The FSMTB has helped to create strong standards of education, which in turn will lead to better pay and higher social standing for Massage Therapists. As such, the exams are slowly becoming increasingly difficult, and so now everyone must pass a challenging exam before working in most states. If you're unsure of whether graduating Massage School is sufficient to begin working where you live or plan to practice, please Click Here for our list of state requirements.

Is the MBLEx easy? How about Massage School, in General?

None of what you will learn will be easy! You will have to remember hundreds of terms, understand how each muscle works and what it does, and be able to recognize all the bones and muscles of the body. Of course, that's just scratching the surface. There's a lot more. But it isn't an infinite amount of material, either.

If you keep up, attend class, ask questions when you're unsure, do your homework on time, form study groups, take the time to study for exams, and use the resources at the bottom of this page as well as other resources on this site, such as the 3D Anatomy Resource Page and Anatomical Terms For Movement Resource, you'll be set! Easy? Well, frankly it's hard work. If you put in the time, and know WHAT to study, and how to study, you'll do well. It's not impossible.

So is it easy, then? If you keep up, do everything assigned to you, and study for tests, then Massage school and the MBLEx exam will be easier. It will be DOable. If you try to cram, miss class, or skip reviewing your notes and texts, you will likely have a terrible experience.

Remember, you are learning the same material that Nurses and Doctors learn, only you're not going as far, in depth and scope. The coursework overlaps strongly with University Level Biology and anatomy classes. If you need to get a tutor at Massage School, don't hesitate if it's offered for free.

What's On The MBLEx?

Believe it or not, you can be totally prepared for this exam. The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards isn't trying to make this impossible for you; they're only trying to measure understanding of concepts and mastery of material that real Massage Therapists feel every new MT should know. In fact, the FSMTB is doing everything it can to make this easier. For example, there is a page on their web site that outlines the specific knowledge that you must possess, the precise outline of topics that will be on the test. You will not know which questions will be on it, but be sure that the questions will be from the set of topics you are provided with. Click Here to link to the MBLEx Content outline. This is a KEY document!




Massage Exam Test Preparation Resources:

Pick and choose from the list of available resources below to bring your learning and retention to the next level. If you're doing your Massage School homework, attending and participating in class, and maybe even studying with a partner or group of other students and/or attend a weekly after-class study session at Massage School, you can still benefit. To really synergize your learning, take advantage of the below resources.

Some are free; others are not. You can get by without spending a dollar. However, be reasonable. You spend a lot on Massage School, books, transportation, and if you have to take the MBLEx, the exam itself, so why be cheap when it concerns ways to get better grades and actually learn the material more thoroughly? Depending on how you learn, you should use study materials that you find a natural affinity for. Identify your learning style first. Then focus on learning how to learn, that is, studying smarter, and not necessarily harder.



The Massage Test Prep Resources Available Below May be Divided Into the Following Categories:


-Books on Learning     -Massage Exam Practice Websites    -3D Anatomy Resources -Massage Flash Cards    -Mblex or Massage Review Books    -Review Guides For NCB    -Videos on Massage    -DVDs on Massage    -Health and Massage On Twitter    -Youtube Massage Videos    -Web Sites with Health and Massage Therapy-Related Information    -Massage Blogs



First Step: Study Aids - Books On Learning

Of course, what really matters is learning how to learn. What does that mean?! It may sound confusing, but you can learn to be a better learner. How? The answer is by learning the habits that lead to better organization skills, better note-taking skills, better studying skills, and better retention skills. If you didn't know these even were skills sets, now you know. If you are a former educator or psychologist (I've met a few of each, surprisingly) you will likely be familiar with the idea that all people learn in their own, unique way.

A good book on the topic that I strong suggest purchasing, whether you're in Med School, Massage School, in college for Nursing, or need to study for ANY topic, is How To Study By Gail Wood. You can purchase the book on Amazon by Clicking Here (How to Study 2e)







A few other books on studying you might find interesting:

         
(The Kindle edition of How To Study is Free)




MBLEx Exam Practice Test Web Sites

This is one of the SUPER ESSENTIAL keys to succeeding! There are a variety of web sites that offer practice tests and quizzes for the MBLEx exam. These sites also keep a running average of your results for each section of the test, as well as which test questions you missed. These web sites are not only a way to gauge what grade you're likely to score on the MBLEx, but also a superior means to achieving a high test score.

The quiz function is most useful for learning, as each question presented will have the correct answer displayed IMMEDIATELY after you answer, as opposed to test mode, where all of the correct answers are only shown at the end of the exam all at once. That's less useful for studying and learning. Even so, the test mode is also important, because you can take simulation MBLEx exams as many times as you wish.

While the questions are not taken directly from the MBLEx, teams of Massage Therapists well familiar with the exam have created a pool of questions that are similar to the MBLEx, both in content, and manner of presentation. If you study with one of these sites, and manage to consistently score over 85% on practice exams, it means it's time to schedule to sit for the exam. MBLEx is offered locally in most areas of most states, in testing centers on computer terminals.

Massage Practice Exams for NCETMB, NCETM and MBLEx

Massage-Exam.Com is one of the key resources that I used when preparing for the MBLEx. There are also preparation programs for the NCB and NCETMB on this site. This is so essential a study resource that I do not think I would have passed the MBLEx without it.

This site is highly recommended. The pool of questions is extensive, and the interface is reliable and never crashed once. Other than that, it's pretty basic. Answers have short rationales of a sentence or two. That can be helpful for understanding why an answer is correct.

One important question: How long will you need to study for? This web site delivers access in increments of three months. I started out with three months, but added an additional three months three more times, until I had been studying for nearly twelve months! The company will not rob you and charge the full three month charge four times! Even if you add additional access time later, you will not be charged the full price for the package upgrade. There is also a help line staffed by friendly and knowledgeable Massage Therapists. Overall, I felt that access to this web site was a great value.

ABMP's Exam Coach is a test preparation resource using practice exams (including a complete set of timed practice tests that mimic the MBLEx exam you will actually be taking), flash cards, and terminology lessons to help you prepare for the MBLEx. This program has a cost of $75 for six months, which is generally plenty of time to prepare if you commit to using the resources on a regular and consistent basis.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Study Course with 3000 Animations and Pages - Click Here!
While this program is not free, it has been designed by a doctor for medical practitioners in all fields, including nurses, physical therapists, and even medical doctors. This program teaches you everything you need to know about anatomy and physiology in easy to understand language that makes it easy to master this field.

Tests.com Massage Practice Exam (click here) Free practice exam for the MBLEx

ProProfs Quiz Maker Free exam creator for the MBLEx exam.

1000 MBLEx Exam Questions This site is archived on the Internet Archive only, and not available as a live site.

Free MBLEx practice test exam 2013 | Licensing Prep

MBLEx Practice Test Questions - Prepare for the MBLEx Test



3D Anatomy Resources

As if online test prep isn't enough of a reason to be thankful you are taking on this coursework now and not in the age of the IBM PC XT (anyone remember those? No, well, OK, that's the point!) because there are so many resources that make learning easier.

Besides the MBLEx Practice Exams, e-Flash Cards, and Online Study Groups (click Here), there are also 3D Anatomy Resources in the form of apps for phones and tablets, and programs for PCs and Macs. Besides the MBLEx test prep web sites (which are intended to be used as a companion study resource when in Massage School as well, by the way), these apps and programs comprise a second key part of almost guaranteed success in both Massage School, as well as when sitting for the MBLEx examination.

These apps allow you to see the body in 3D (alas, on a 2D screen...too bad you hadn't gone to Massage School ten years in the future!) and you can rotate the body, zoom in, add body systems, learn names, take quizzes and more. It is truly fascinating to any student of biology, and you will almost certainly learn and retain while having fun playing with these uber-cool resources!

The key here is that such apps and computer programs are great for visual learners. It's also great for learners that learn by doing, those active learners who like movement and action. You can play with these apps all day, anywhere you have a minute, and learn while playing. Nothing cooler! And finally, most programs can speak. So if you learn by listening, these apps and programs can also help you in that way. Overall, these apps synergize learning best out of all available methods, engaging the user to respond, unlike passive media, and incorporate sight, sound, and feel via the interesting and easy-to-use interface.

Click Here for our 3D Anatomy Resource Page.



Massage Flash Cards

Flashcards are great for some. You can hold them in your hand; they are real. Some people learn well with such implements. You can use them by yourself, with a partner, or even in a group study setting. Flashcards can be visual and feature a diagram or illustration, as in identification of muscles, bones, layers of the skin, or anything else that you learned that can be represented visually. There are also flashcards that are strictly textual, covering the words and concepts that you need to know.

Flashcards sets are available on Amazon. Here is a list of highly recommended sets:

                     

Online 'e-flash cards' are also available at various web sites that you may use to study. These are generally free to use.

Flash Card Machine Create and share flash cards with friends and classmates to study for your next exam
Quizlet Create free study flash card sets, share them with your friends, and use their free Android/ iOS apps to help you study while you are on the go.
StudyBlue - Online and Mobile FlashCards for Free.
Study Stack - create and share flashcards to study with friends
Cram.com offers free anatomy and medical flash cards to create and share.



MBLEx or Massage Review Books

                         

Review Guides Specifically for the Board Certification Exam Offered By NCBTMB

             



Videos On The Topics You're Studying

For a good number of people, watching videos repeatedly is a lot easier than even getting through the same material once in book form. There are many free videos online on Youtube. Here is a list of some of the most informative:

















































DVDs On Massage

There are also many DVDs available for sale on Amazon that focus on Massage, as well as the Anatomy, and Biology topics you must learn in Massage School, as well as be well familiar with when taking the MBLEx. Here is a list of some that many agree are helpful:

                                             



Health and Massage Therapy On Twitter

Twitter is the most popular social and news platform on the web. 'Tweets' must be brief, under 100 characters, and may include links, videos, or photos. There are many Twitter users, as well as popular hashtags related to Evidence-based medicine, health research and studies, and Alternative Health, including Massage Therapy.

Evidence-Based Medicine:



Carl Heneghan Director of the Center for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University

BMJ Clinical Evidence, An online medical resource of original systematic overviews and tools to practise, learn and teach evidence-based medicine (based in London).

Public Library Of Science PLOS accelerates progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Tweets by Victoria Costello, Senior Social Media Editor. PLOS is working toward open access to research papers and articles, without paying additional fees, to all parties interested in viewing such research studies.

Sense About Science A charity that equips people to make sense of science and evidence. Our US sister organisation tweets at @SenseScienceUSA

Sense About Science USA Advocating for evidence and transparency in science and society; US branch of Sense About Science.

Health Research and Studies

Healthy Men Today Place for latest Men's Health News in Medicine, Nutrition, Sports, Lifestyle, Policy, & everything else!

Doctors of Tomorrow Essential Health News. MDs of tomorrow, today.™ Article Resource for Practicing MDs, Health Care Professionals, Med Students, & Interns.

Kevin W. Reese Natural Health Author, Educator & Coach who helps others live pain & drug free.

Cleveland Clinic Health tips and the latest news on research and innovation. Grateful to be recognized as America's No. 1 heart hospital for 20 straight years.

NCCAH | CCNSA National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health

FNHMA First Nations Health Managers Association honour,maintain & uphold inherent ways of knowing while balancing management principles to bring excellence to their communities and health programs.

APCRC Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative

Talk health research More from @OfficialNIHR and what's happening in research for the NHS, social care, public health and in public involvement and engagement

muir gray @BVHC_ @ViH_Forum Tweets about health studies and various other health related topics.

BVHC - Better Value Healthcare - a training organisation, led by @muirgray seeks to increase value for patients & populations by systems development & culture change.

PhoenixFamilyMedical Phoenix Family Medical Clinic is a full service Family practice facility that provides quality and compassionate care to patients in metropolitan Phoenix. Features studies and general health information.

101 Health Research Health + Communication consultants on clinical & public health research #design & #methodology, #statistical #analysis & #publishing for #academic #journals etc. Features a bootcamp to help students, doctors, and others in the public health field learn to effectively research.

Christian Maestas Fun to be with. I'm very adventurous, so you'd find me interesting. The day job is a receptionist in a dental office. Tweets about interesting recent health studies and other topics of interest to healthcare professionals.

Alternative Health

Helena Kangai of @BodyTalkBristol BodyTalk Practitioner -BodyTalk is Whole Healthcare, it focuses on addressing the whole person to reveal the true underlying causes of dis-ease #energy#medicine

Dr Rachel Silva, NP Founder & CEO of Accessible Healthcare Institute™ | Founder, Host & Producer of The Nurse Practitioner Show™ @The_NP_Show | Adjunct Professor of Nursing

Laurie Driggers @inspiredhandh Holistic Health Coach, Certified Detox Specialist, Living Foods Chef.

HealthRanger Consumer health advocate and editor of NaturalNews.com . Get a free eBook (25 Amazing Facts about Food) by visiting his site.

Sophia Perez Complementary therapy, alternative health and integrative medicine!

Helpinus Media We want to help readers to adopt a healthy, natural lifestyle and live their lives to their full potential.

Alternative Medicine Track the latest #AlternativeMedicine news, research, clinical trials, companies and reports. Continuously updated from 500+ news, research publications.

Alternative Medicine Explaining the different alternative medicines available including #aromatherapy #reiki #meditation and #yoga

Alternative Medicine We deliver the latest Alternative Medicine news everyday

Indian Board Alt Med Indian Board of Alternative Medicine is a globally recognized Government registered school of alternative medicine: Diploma & degree programs in health online.

Off the Record Radio Off the Record with Judy … Tues 1pm EST. In-depth behind-the-scenes view of guests' business & personal

Dr. David L. Katz Director, Yale Prevention Research Center; Principal Inventor, NuVal; Editor-in-Chief, Childhood Obesity

eatright The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is your source for science-based food and nutrition information.

Darul Hijama Cupping First clinic opened in Bolton! Specialising in wet, dry, & massage cupping! Darul Hijama Cupping Therapy

Organic Lifestyle Organic Lifestyle Magazine is a digital publication dedicated to organic lifestyles, alternative health and green living.

Biotherapy Clinic We specialize in colon hydrotherapy with restoration of friendly bacteria, acupuncture, hypnosis and stress reduction.

Rachael Pontillo of Holistically Haute Author of the bestselling book, Love Your Skin, Love Yourself. #Holisticskincare guru. Mother of two. Ask me what my must-have #skincare product is!

Maria Lopez Posts on holistic health and other topics.



YouTube Massage Therapy Videos

YouTube is a wonderful resource for Massage Therapists and students in Massage School. There are many valuable channels that can help you with everything from your chair massage routine to anatomy, from learning a new modality to hearing some of the best known Massage Therapists speak on a variety of topics. The following list is a brief start into the world of YouTube! Click on the Youtube User's name below to visit their channel.

Youtube User PsycheTruth, featuring many instructional videos on Massage Therapy.

Youtube User Massage Nerd Featuring more instructional videos on massage

Youtube User Massage Sloth featuring more massage instructional videos.

Youtube User Geno Ortiz featuring instructional videos and anatomy dissection videos.

Youtube User ASMR World Massage Therapists Association featuring many instructional videos on massage therapy.



Web Sites With Health and Massage Therapy-Related Information

These web sites may have information that is well beyond the scope of Massage School or the MBLEx. Even so, this is valuable information, definitely worth knowing.

Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches & Migraines

Acupressure Points for Hip, Lower Back Pain & Sciatica

Myofascial Release Therapy at Spine-Health



Massage Blogs

Blogs about Massage Therapy are invaluable. You can learn a great deal from practicing Massage Therapists, from handling a busy schedule to personal opinions about Massage-related products. Here is a brief list of blogs:

The Massage Nerd's Blog, Young Thumbs

Erik Dalton Bodywork Training Blog A blog about various topics and techniques of massage therapy by an online continuing education provider.

The Massage Pundit Blog A blog by Massage Magazine about legislation related to massage, as well as other related topics such as Board Certification and examination for licensure.

Alternative Medicine Zone Blog A blog about the benefits of modalities of massage, as well as other interesting topics.

Massage Williamsburg Blog A blog about health topics and massage therapy, including healthy eating, mindful living, and other wellness topics.

Massage Therapy Fingertips Blog Features information about health, wellness, integrating massage into your life, and other interesting topics.

Massage Therapy Center's Blog This blog talks about the specific benefits of massage, as well as other alternative healthcare modalities for health conditions, as well as overall wellness.


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